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Dave Dombrowski: Tigers will activate suspended shortstop Jhonny Peralta on Friday night

Sep 25, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

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Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski announced Wednesday evening that Jhonny Peralta is going to be activated from his 50-game performance-enhancing drug suspension this Friday — the first day that he is eligible to return. Danny Worth will be placed on the 60-day disabled list to open up a 40-man roster spot.

Jose Iglesias is nearly recovered from his bruised left hand and is likely to serve as Detroit’s primary shortstop in October. Peralta has been working in left field in instructional league games down in Florida and could get regular looks there this postseason.

Peralta, a client of Anthony Bosch and Biogenesis, was hitting .305/.361/.461 with 11 home runs and 54 RBI in 104 games before accepting MLB’s punishment without an appeal. He will be a free agent this winter.

  1. iamthot - Sep 25, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    We got a title on the line. Welcome back Jhonny!

  2. bosoxfan15 - Sep 25, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    I’m guessing that the market for him will be slim this winter. Maybe the yanks will overpay to get him as insurance for jeter falling apart.

    • Reflex - Sep 25, 2013 at 6:56 PM

      If the Tigers are smart they’ll re-sign him. Damn good production from the SS position, and competent defense.

      • 3yardsandacloud - Sep 25, 2013 at 7:40 PM

        More likely that they offer him a spot in the outfield/utility role than to come back at SS. They obviously have a stud there now and he isn’t going to push Cabrera off of 3rd base. He’s a decent option at 2nd base if they let Infante walk.

        He seems like the ideal candidate to push Don Kelly or Ramon Santiago off of the roster. I’m not sure he’s ready to take a utility position and I bet another team offers him a chance as a regular 3B or SS.

      • Reflex - Sep 25, 2013 at 7:53 PM

        What stud? Iglesias is well below league average offensively and his defense, despite its flashiness, only grades slightly higher than Jhonny’s. Jhonny, meanwhile, has been the third best offensive SS in the majors this season. Granted Jhonny is older and won’t show any improvement from here on out, but for at least the next couple seasons he’s a pretty good option at short.

        Iglesias, however, could make one hell of a utility guy. He can play third and short, and likely second as well. Better to let Castenellos have LF, he’s a legit stud prospect.

        The Tigers are a win now team. Jhonny gives them excellent offense and competent defense at a very premium position.

      • 3yardsandacloud - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:11 AM

        Grades slightly higher? He’s got double the range. I don’t care so much about the flashy stuff, I care that he tracks the ball down all over the field and provides legitimate defense in a critical spot. Peralta simply does not have the range to be an everyday SS. It’s been the knock on him since we moved him there from 3rd base.

        Offensively, Iglesias is batting .276 since coming over from Boston, where he finished with a .330 average. Granted, his average was coming down in Boston due to a slump, he came here and hit well enough for us. A year ago Peralta was hitting .239 and has never hit over .300 for his career until this year. (Unless he does 0-for this weekend and drops his average. He’s a lifetime .268 hitter and routinely hit at that or below when in Cleveland. He’s benefited a ton from the lineup he plays in and I think he has years left, just not at SS for us.

        Castellanos will be pushing his way into the lineup next year, along with Dirks and possibly Jhonny. There’s no way Iglesias is becoming the utility guy. Thats a role Peralta can fill, or they can keep Kelly (Although I hope not). Iglesias is the right age, has great defense and is a serviceable hitter. He’ll be handling things on that side for years to come.

      • Reflex - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:25 AM

        Show me the evidence that Iglesias’ is great. His stats do not show it, neither in advanced metrics nor in traditional stats. He appears to be slightly better than Jhonny this season, and historically he does not appear much better, despite the rep. I’m going to need evidence, the ‘eye test’ is how people like Jeter get a great defensive reputation.

        Offensively he is the AL’s Darwin Barney. Its empty batting average, and it was on its way down for Detroit as well. His OPS+ is only 89, he’s below the average SS and SS is already a weak offensive position. By comparison Jhonny is around a 120 OPS+, which is the third highest total at his position this season.

        I didn’t say Jhonny would be this great next year. But for his career averages are higher than Iglesias’ peak is ever likely to be, and even in decline he is likely to be far more productive. And while yes, people knocked Jhonny’s defense, the numbers, both traditional and old school, do not support that assertion. He has been around league average defensively for his career, while providing superior offense.

        Also, the concept of ‘lineup protection’ has never withstood any analysis. Good hitters hit, bad hitters do not. Iglesias is not a good hitter. Peralta is. Both are around league average defensively, Iglesias slightly better than Peralta. Given that, the one that gives the Tigers the best chance of winning is obvious.

      • Detroit Michael - Sep 26, 2013 at 1:36 AM

        Reflex wrote: “Show me the evidence that Iglesias’ is great. His stats do not show it, neither in advanced metrics nor in traditional stats.” The best advanced metric is Defensive Runs Saved by Baseball Info Solutions / Fielding Bible. Iglesias is rated as 8 runs better than the average MLB shortstop in his short career. Projected over a full season of 9 innings times 150 games, that’s 14 runs better than average.

        It takes much more playing time than this for advanced defensive metrics to be regarded as accurate, but to say that there is no evidence for Iglesias’ fielding prowess is just not accurate.

      • Steve A - Sep 26, 2013 at 2:17 AM

        Iglesias’s bat has long been thought to be very below average. This year is an aberration.

      • 3yardsandacloud - Sep 26, 2013 at 8:58 AM

        Frankly, it doesn’t matter if he bat is “below average” because so is Peralta’s. This year may be an aberration for Iglesias; however, he is still 23 years old, and has tremendous range. This is his first near full season in the majors and even with his “dropping batting average”, he’s hitting .310 combined between the clubs. He’s also struck out 40 times less than Peralta in a similar number of at bats. If you put their numbers side by side, there isn’t a huge difference, but the kid is 8 years younger and flat out has more range than Jhonny. The eyes don’t lie, the kid can flash leather and at that position, taking away a hit in the playoffs is worth a lesser bat.

        Also, he isn’t the AL’s Barney. Barney hit .211 this year. Thats 100 points lower. Claims like that are troublesome

      • Reflex - Sep 26, 2013 at 2:40 PM

        Peralta’s career OPS+ is 101, which is slightly above league average. So no, its not below average. More importantly, in two of the last three years hits been 120+, which is well above average.

        Iglesias has a career OPS+ of 88, which is significantly below average. His numbers in the minors were significantly worse than that.

        I have not claimed Iglesias’ defense is bad, only that it has not been the huge revelation that some like to think, and that it has not made up for his poor batting. It is certainly better than Peralta’s. Just not so much so that it makes up for the difference in offensive production. Not even close.

  3. joestemme - Sep 25, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Shame on the Detroit Tigers.

    Shame on them.

    • Steve A - Sep 25, 2013 at 8:17 PM

      Why? For bringing back a player who served his collectively-bargained suspension and can still be an asset to the team?

      He did his time. There’s no reason he shouldn’t be brought back outside of on the field reasons. He’s been playing in the instructional league and will get three games in the majors before the playoffs start. He may not be back to his level of play from earlier in the year, but he’s at worst comparable to the right-handed bats they’ve been using in LF the last month or so.

    • joestemme - Sep 26, 2013 at 1:28 PM

      They should do what the Giants did with Cabrera last year – sit him out of principle.

  4. weaselpuppy - Sep 25, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    He’ll only be 32, he’ll get a starting gig somewhere. NYY is a good bet, maybe MIA, maybe Philly…

  5. grumpyoleman - Sep 25, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Disappointed Tiger fan

  6. grumpyoleman - Sep 25, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    His choices cost us a good young outfielder and if he had not been suspended they probably could have rested Miggy more. That’s why.

    • 3yardsandacloud - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:18 AM

      We have plenty of good, young outfielders. Garcia was never, and is never going to remain in the outfield. He’s too big a guy and he seems destined for 1st or 3rd within 3 years. I like the kid as a ball player, but he didn’t have the type of defense a top outfield prospect needs and his frame is too big.

      We needed to upgrade the SS position and they almost did it this past offseason by parting with Porcello. As it turns out, this way worked out better b/c Smyly stays in the pen and Porcello has been a solid #5. Peralta definitely made a mistake and I think it will cost him on the next contract, but at the end of the day, his future in Detroit was already in doubt, regardless of the biogenisis stuff. He doesn’t have the range to play SS anymore.

      As for resting Miggy, it’s not really related. We easily could have had Kelly standing at 3rd the last month and rotated Iglesias through to give Santiago time at short. They decided to keep playing Miggy, he wouldn’t have sat b/c Jhonny Peralta was available.

      • Detroit Michael - Sep 26, 2013 at 1:39 AM

        I have no idea why you don’t think A. Garcia will stick defensively as a right fielder. I’d be more concerned about his high GB% at the plate when projecting his future value than his defense or big frame.

      • grumpyoleman - Sep 26, 2013 at 10:16 AM

        Actually it’s very related. Because of his choice we would have to replace to guys batting over .300 with power and experience and replace them with two back-ups that probably don’t hit above .250. And the one guy who would have been a fit to fill one of those spots was traded to replace him. Tigers lineup is very good but replacing 2 guys in the meat of your order with below average talent would have been devasting over the long haul. And yes I know they had a good record when Miggy did sit. Fortunately guys like Fielder, Santiago, and Avilla stepped up at opportune times.

  7. Minoring In Baseball - Sep 25, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    I’m a little disappointed the Tigers are bringing him back, too, but if they win the World Series no one will be heard compaining. Tigers are in desparate win now mode, and having Jhonny’s bat in the lineup is only going to improve their chances.

  8. georgewashingtonsghost - Sep 25, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    If he really wants to make it up to his teammates, he’ll volunteer to come out of the bullpen. With Coke and Rondon going down, the Tigers’ middle relief is a mess.

  9. grumpyoleman - Sep 25, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    And the bullpen was another area that could have been addressed if they didn’t have to get a shortstop

    • frank433 - Sep 25, 2013 at 10:25 PM

      So, the Jose Veras trade didn’t happen?

  10. grumpyoleman - Sep 25, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Needed a lefty

  11. crackersnap - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    Look! See? The use of banned substances isn’t such a bad thing as we fans and scribes all make it out to be.

    Contrast the change from Melky Cabrera in 2012 to Peralta/Cruz of 2013.

    Last year it was MLB officials ostracizing the player.
    This year it’s “Meh. Do your time and then let’s get back to work.”

    It kind of boggles the mind to learn that at the very time the Commissioner’s office is trying to unseal official court records in a matter wherein it was not even involved, in order to continue their pursuit of ARod, the very people that the Commissioner works for are already saying on behalf of their own interests “No problem here. There’s money at stake.”

    • Detroit Michael - Sep 26, 2013 at 1:42 AM

      It doesn’t boggle the mind at all. The Commissioner’s office settled for 50-game suspensions for most of the Biogenesis guys and managed to convince them and the union not to appeal the suspensions. Peralta has served his time and now can play. This isn’t that hard to understand.

      • crackersnap - Sep 26, 2013 at 2:27 AM

        You’re missing the point. We are still within view of the shores of Catastrophe and Calamity when it comes to players use of banned substances. “PEDs Era”, records confusion, Hall Of Fame voting controversy, media hang-wringing, the hype of the Ryan Braun disgrace, etc. For some months, for other single digit years, but for many fans, media and officials the baseball world was coming to an end.

        But now, so quickly, the concept of merely serving time assigned and popping out the other side all clean and shiny and ready to go is not only accepted, but sanctioned. And, since the officially sanctioned process for Peralta and Cruz span more than one franchise, and we are not hearing other franchises or the the FO comment to the contrary, that process of laundering away past behavior is now sanctioned widely.

        That’s a real big change in a real short time. McGwire still wears his “shame”. Bonds will never slip out of it’s shadow. Palmiero is practically erased from baseball memory. Sosa trivialized. Piazza destined for punishment despite any evidence at all. Clemens in limbo. Even last year Melky carried a stigma AFTER going through the same process. Now? in one short year? All cool. Just take those couple of months off. Don’t forget to stay in shape! As I said: BIG change, SHORT time. It’s an observation.

        And, IMHO, there is a giant dichotomy between that level of acceptance, versus the questionable legality of MLB’s concurrent behavior, beyond the confines of MLB as a business even, in their escalating pursuit of ARod. Private medical records/ Sealed court records? Transactional records from eh databases of companies with whom all the rest of us do business? Seems pretty excessive for what would amount to total forgiveness after a couple of months vacation.

      • joestemme - Sep 26, 2013 at 1:32 PM

        I love all these rationilists when it comes to their players (many are probably the same ones who hold up giant cut-out syringes when A-Roid or Bonds were playing in their home-town team’s stadiums) – it’s ok if he’s OUR cheat.

        I will agree on point, however. MLB #$#@ed up by not extending the 50 game suspensions to also include any playoffs. That way it wouldn’t have been an issue.

      • crackersnap - Sep 26, 2013 at 8:53 PM

        If that “rationalist” was aimed at me, I beg to differ. I am not an ARod supporter. I just see his story as the foil to prove the hypocrisy.

        As an Angels fan, I still have my doubts about Brian Downing, followed by Troy Glaus. And there is zero support here for GMJ Jr.

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